Perceived Popularity and Online Political Dissent: Evidence from Twitter in Venezuela

  title={Perceived Popularity and Online Political Dissent: Evidence from Twitter in Venezuela},
  author={Juan S. Morales},
  journal={The International Journal of Press/Politics},
  pages={27 - 5}
  • Juan S. Morales
  • Published 1 January 2020
  • Political Science
  • The International Journal of Press/Politics
On October 31, 2013, thousands of Twitter accounts, automated to actively retweet President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, were unexpectedly closed by the social media platform. I exploit this event to study the relationship between perceived popularity on social media (amplified through the use of bot accounts) and online political expression. The analysis uses more than two hundred thousand tweets spanning six months around the event and employs a quasi-experimental empirical framework… 

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